COP26 Service in Glasgow Cathedral

COP26 Glasgow

Join us in person or online for one of this year’s most important Services from Glasgow Cathedral. More details of how to apply to attend, and the format and participants in the service to follow. Mark the date: 7th November in your diary now. The service begins in:

The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 31 October – 12 November 2021. The COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. On the 7th of November at 11:00 AM, the official Church Service to support the Conference will be held in Glasgow Cathedral.

Glasgow was chosen by the UK to host COP26 due to its experience in hosting world class events, commitment to sustainability and first-rate facilities. Recently awarded the status of Global Green City, we have an ambitious target of achieving carbon neutrality by 2030.

The city is also currently ranked 4th in the world in the Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index) that promotes responsible business tourism best practice. Energy, low carbon and sustainable conferences are regularly in the top three key sectors for conferences in the city.

A prayer for COP the United Nations Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

Sustaining God as in November, at great cost and with great urgency the leaders of our species  and those with concern for their common home will gather in Glasgow, we ask for your welcoming, affirming presence  in the many layers of gathering  which are part of that event.  Give to those who make decisions a freedom from the burdens of a past  which have  pushed  us to this cliff-edge

Give a dawning vision of your offer of healing greater than the blocked horizon of what it might cost  Argue and wrestle with the powers and principalities of expediency and despair

Open every human ear to the voices of the Earth, and of sisters, brothers, siblings who already suffer sharply  Save us from  the despair of complacency and the toxic temptation  when the visitors have departed  to embrace ‘business as usual’ for that ‘normal’ has gone 

And our only future  will be in wakefulness trust, hope, yes, joy as we live out your love for the Earth we are part of  through your Word made Flesh Jesus, our Friend.   Hosanna- God help us! 

AMEN